Chewy Chocolate Raisin Cookies

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  • 7 cups raisins
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups margarine, softened
  • 1 cup liquid eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound miniature chocolate chips


  1. Process raisins and applesauce until a smooth paste is formed.
  2. In a large mixer bowl, combine raisin paste with sugar, margarine, eggs and vanilla extract; mix well.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; mix well.
  4. Add chocolate chips, stirring just to blend chips evenly throughout the dough.
  5. Using a #30 scoop, drop dough onto a parchment-lined pan. Flatten cookies gently using another sheet of parchment.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 13 to 15 minutes or until set.

Yields 100 cookies at 1 1/2 ounces dough per serving.

Tips: This is a moist, chewy cookie. If you need to stack these cookies for shipment, bake 15 to 17 minutes; this will dry the surface slightly and keep them from sticking together. They will retain their moistness inside due to the raisins.

Substitute mini candy-coated chocolate pieces for the chocolate chips, if desired.